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FA Cup Final To Kick Off At 3pm For First Time Since 2011

FA Cup Final To Kick Off At 3pm For First Time Since 2011
By Kevin Dowling Updated
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For the first time in 12 years, it will be a 3pm kickoff instead of an evening kickoff for the FA Cup final. The Football Association has moved the time of Manchester derby final for several understandable reasons.

This will be the first time ever both Manchester clubs meet in the FA Cup final.

The kickoff has been brought forward for a number of reasons.

The Daily Mail has revealed that for security reasons this fixture could not be held in the evening.

The Metropolitan police consider this game as a high-risk fixture due to the tensions between both sets of fans.


Broadcasting is the other reason why the kickoff time for this final has changed. ITV has broadcasting rights for both the FA Cup and the Epsom Derby (horse racing), which take place that day.

To avoid a clash in between these two events, the FA, the Jockey Club and ITV have agreed the times of coverage. The horse racing festival is set to be broadcasted from 4.30pm, however ITV has said that if the FA Cup final isn't finish by that time, the Epsom Derby will be broadcast once the football game is over.


The 2011 FA Cup final between Man City and Glenn Whelan's Stoke City was the last one to be staged at 3pm.

This can be a memorable final for either Manchester team. Erik Ten Hag's United can win their second trophy this year after winning the Carabao Cup. Manchester City may also be playing for a treble if they have the Premier League and Champions League titles won by then.

The only club to have managed to win the treble is Manchester United back in 1999. This time around, they may be trying to block a treble.


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